Like many dance teachers, Young-Byron believes that it is very important for dancers to be in excellent physical condition. But a few Step it Up fans worry that she may have gone a bit too far when critiquing Deshauan, who is not exactly the skinniest dancer on the team.
Deshauan may be a bit heavier than the other girls, but there is a lot more to her than her weight. She has a stellar grade point average, and she's committed to being every bit as exceptional in the dance studio as she is in the classroom. She knows that she weighs more than many of the other YCDT gals, but she doesn't think that her body type holds her back as a dancer. Young-Byron, on the other hand, seems to disagree. In one rather controversial scene, she accused Deshauan of looking winded and later told the dancer to take a moment to breathe.
A few Twitter users admitted that they agreed with Deshauan's message about her body. According to these viewers, there is no reason why the dancer's weight should be a problem.
Your weight should never stop you from doing anything! You can do anything!! Believe in yourself ... YES!! #StepItUp— D.W.W. (@derekwwan) October 3, 2015
Others, however, said that Young-Byron made a good point, as it is essential for dancers to be in amazing shape.
Yes that extra weight will have you winded you need to take care of your body so it can perform at will #StepitUp— Angie (@Angietweets12) October 3, 2015
Still others insisted that, if they were YCDT members, they would have abs every bit as flat as those of the super-athletic Young-Byron.
#StepItUp I would be skinny I would be done dropped so much weight dancing for tracy— PrinceBeautii (@prettyprincee) October 3, 2015
Although it's easy to see why viewers are worried about Young-Byron's treatment of Deshauan, the dance teacher was actually fairly tempered in her criticism. Her comments were especially innocuous when compared to those made by Abby Lee Miller, who has been called out for body-shaming multiple dancers, including, most notably, Ava Cota. Instead of focusing specifically on Deshauan's weight or the shape of her body, Young-Byron mentioned the dancer's struggle to keep up — a struggle that could easily be shared by thinner dancers. What's more, the teacher actually took the time to connect with Deshauan after practice. Clearly, she wants the best for this talented dancer, regardless of her weight.
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